Master of Science in Kinesiology

Health and Kinesiology


The Kinesiology program is designed to enhance the professional competence of graduates in Health, Exercise Science and related fields of study. Primary focus is placed upon advance knowledge in sport, exercise and wellness issues.

Step 1 - Admissions Requirements:

Candidates for admissions to the Master of Science in Kinesiology must meet all the admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies.

  1. Candidates must also have a 2.5 or greater GPA on a 4.0 scale or a 2.75 GPA in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate degree program.  Candidates with a 3.0 or greater GPA are not required to take the GRE.
  2. Candidates who are required to complete the Graduate School Record Exam (GRE) must have a score of 146 or higher on the verbal section. Full admission to the program is based on the following formula: (GPA*50)+(GRE verbal + GRE  Quantitative) > or = 428
  3. Candidates must satisfy the necessary undergraduate prerequisites as prescribed for a particular area of specialization. All students desiring entrance to the Master programs will receive a review of their prior coursework. In some instances, leveling course work may be required before full admittance to the program of study is granted. Leveling courses may be required if undergraduate course transcripts do not provide sufficient evidence for successful mastery of cognitive and/or practical applied skills and abililities as related to the program of study.
  4. Each prospective student should petition the department for a transcript review early on in the application process to ensure a timely admissions response. Further, students are encouraged to apply early and ensure that all credentials for admission are sent to the graduate school for inclusion in their application packet. The department only receives applicant notification once all materials are in receipt at the Graduate school.

Step 2 - Degree Requirements:

Master of Science in Kinesiology

  1. The candidates for the Master of Science degree in Kinesiology must meet all of the College of Graduate Studies general degree requirements as listed in this bulletin and specific departmental requirements and approval.
  2. Fifteen semester hours of required curriculum core courses.
  3. Nine semester hours of Exercise Science or Sport Studies track courses.
  4. Six semester hours of Thesis or 12 additional hours of research and/or track courses.
  5. Completion of one degree option:

a. Thesis – (30 hours) to include 24 hours of course work and a minimum of 6 hours of thesis.
b. Non-Thesis – (36 hours) to include a minimum of 36 hours of course work. At least 3 hours of course work (Independent Study) will be devoted to a capstone experience culminating in a professional paper suitable for publication, as well as, a formal presentation and defense of the topic and conclusions resulting from the scholarly pursuit. Each student will be assigned a major professor no later than their second semester in the program of study and this faculty member will mentor the student in their scholarly efforts along with the Graduate Coordinator.

Students are encouraged to present their research at state and national meetings of the following organizations: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The M.S. degreee, combined with supervised clinical experience, will assist students in their preparation for national certification exams.